This spring, Dr. Maggie Loomer began seeing patients for chiropractic adjustments. Horses, like people, benefit from a chiropractic adjustment any time they experience a traumatic event, are asked to perform under saddle, are sick, and to maintain proper nervous system health. An adjustment can improve a horse’s performance in many ways including better quality lateral movements and faster times in speed events.
When Dr. Loomer performs an adjustment, she looks at many aspects of the horse, not just the spine. She will watch your horse move at the walk and trot both in a straight line and in circles. She will palpate for any heat or swelling over the spine and limbs and move all of the joints to evaluate their range of motion. If a joint is found to not be moving through its full range of motion, Dr. Loomer will then make a very quick adjustment to that joint.
The nerves that carry information to and from the legs and organs exit the spinal cord right beside the joints of the spine. When a joint is “stuck” or not moving as it should be, the nerves are slightly pinched and do not transmit information properly. This pinching can cause pain and decreased organ function. When the joint is adjusted to move properly, the information flows through the nerves to and from the organs and limbs to allow for optimal performance. After an adjustment, your horse should be turned out for a few hours or hand walked for 20-30 minutes to allow him to acclimate to these changes in the nerves. It is also recommended that you give your horse 2 days off from riding after an adjustment for the same reason.
Dr. Loomer has had very good success adjusting horses to help resolve pain, improve performance, and maintain overall health. If you are interested in having your horse evaluated and adjusted, please call the clinic to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Loomer is excited to be returning to Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic for one week this August. She has been offered a teaching position and is looking forward to instructing other veterinarians in the art of animal chiropractic adjustments. She will return for one week twice a year to maintain her teaching position.